Michaels and Hobby Lobby are great, but they don’t always carry a great selection of lettering supplies. I’ve come to realize the two stores tend to cater to more of a craft audience, and they’re not quite sure where lettering supplies fit in – if they fit in at all. If you’re lucky, you may find a rare Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pen while rummaging for your next favorite tool.
It’s a frustrating feeling, I know because I’ve been there.
When you do hit the Michaels/Hobby Lobby lettering jackpot and find that new pen you’ve been searching for, the excitement you feel is quickly cut short by the inflated price tag often attached. If I had a penny for every time I asked the world why art supplies have to be so expensive… Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t need to worry about the cost of art supplies anymore!
After years of trial and error, I’m finally content with the prices I pay for art supplies. Of course, I would be even more content if they were free, but that’s more of a dream than a reality.
Paying low prices means I’ve
hoarded curated quite the collection of art supplies over the years, and you can too!
Before we get to the best places to buy lettering supplies, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure you’re not being ripped off in the name of a decent brush pen.
Most importantly, never ever ever buy supplies directly from the brand or manufacturer’s website. Unless there’s an insane promotion going on offering 70% off, you’re almost certainly going to pay the most buying from their site. People are going to purchase from them regardless of price, so they have little motivation to offer their items at anything less than full price.
If you’re in a rush and end up shopping in-person, make sure you check and see if the store has an app available for you to download. Big craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joannes all have apps that feature free coupons you can use in-store. The coupons can vary between a percentage discount for one item or your entire purchase. You can also check the app before you go to see if the product you’re looking for is in stock and what deals the store’s currently offering.
Shopping online is where you’ll find the best deals. I’ve spent hours scouring the internet for good deals, but there are a few sites I always came back to again and again. I loyally return because they carry a large selection and they don’t break the bank. Their prices are the lowest I’ve found online, and I’ve ordered from them all multiple times. These four sites are my go-to stop for finding lettering products with the best deals.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Amazon – The big one. You probably already know that Amazon stocks pretty much everything you’ll ever need, and will ship it to you in only two days. Make this your first stop when looking for new supplies, but be warned – even with free shipping, Amazon doesn’t always offer the lowest prices.
Jet Pens – Jet Pens is one of my favorite sites to shop for lettering supplies. Their extensive selection is fun to browse, and their blog offers
Cult Pens – Another favorite site similar to Jet Pens. Cult Pens often has great sales on their Special Offers page including free gifts and buy two get one free
Jerry’s Artarama – While its site can be tricky to navigate, Jerry’s Artarama offers some of the absolute lowest prices on supplies. On top of their already low prices, they’re constantly having sales that make buying supplies from their site dirt cheap.
These sites have gained my loyalty by consistently offering great deals on the products I’m looking for. If you know of more sites to shop for lettering supplies, be sure to share it in the comments. You can never have too many places to shop art supplies!